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Des Linden wins Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia half, Canada’s Cam Levins takes third

Encouraging results for Linden, who will race New York in November, and Levins, who will tackle his first marathon in Toronto next month

Des Linden won the Philadelphia half-marathon this morning, successfully holding off Kellyn Taylor, who finished second. Linden’s time was 1:11:49. Taylor finished in 1:12:07. 

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For Linden, Philadelphia was a tune-up race for the TCS New York City Marathon, which she will run on November 4.

Taylor captured the attention of the running world in June when she won the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota in 2:24:28, the seventh-fastest marathon time ever for an American woman.

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The men’s race was won by Shura Kitata of the U.S. in 59:17. Parker Stinson finished second, in 1:03:02, and Canada’s Cam Levins was third, in 1:03:10.

Cam Levins also raced Philadelphia as a tune-up, in his case for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 21. Stinson will run Chicago on October 7.

Kitata was the second-place finisher at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon in April.

Results will be updated as they come in.